Busta Rhymes To Receive Icon Honor At BMI R&B And Hip-Hop Awards


Busta Rhymes has been in the game since the late 80s and deserves this recognition.

The BMI R&B & Hip-Hop Awards will take place on September 7 at Miami Beach’s LIV Nightclub, and Busta Rhymes, songwriter, rapper, producer, and actor, will receive BMI’s highest accolade, the Icon Award.

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Catherine Brewton, BMI’s vice president, said, “As one of the pioneers of hip-hop, we are pleased to recognize Busta Rhymes as a BMI Icon” (Atlanta). Busta is a real pioneer in every meaning of the word, and his groundbreaking solo work, innumerable collaborations, and acting have had a profound effect on millions of fans and musicians across the world. His clever wordplay and innovative rhyming have made him famous, and his work has influenced a new generation of artists. And we couldn’t be happier to be back in Miami in person to honor the composers of some of today’s most popular tunes. We anticipate an unforgettable evening filled with excellent music.

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BMI Mike O’Neill will co-host the awards show with Brewton. The top BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter, producer, and publisher of the year will also be announced at the ceremony.

It was with the hip-hop group Leaders of the New School that Rhymes made his professional debut in the early 1990s. Later, the rapper would guest on a number of songs by other artists until breaking out on his own in 1996 with the smash single “Woo-Hah!! I’ve Got It Under Control. The song went platinum rapidly, and the musician was nominated for his first Grammy for his efforts.

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Songs like “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See,” “Break Ya Neck,” “Dangerous,” “Gimme Some More,” and “What’s It’s Gonna Be?” starring Janet Jackson have become landmarks in hip-history hop’s thanks to Rhyme’s three-decade career.

Besides his musical career, Rhymes has also made appearances in films and TV shows, such as “Shaft,” “Finding Forrester,” “Master of None,” “The Rugrats Movie,” and “The Masked Singer” on Fox.

Artists such as Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Nile Rodgers, Snoop Dogg, The Jacksons, LA Reid, Babyface, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, James Brown, and more have all been honored before Busta Rhymes in 2022.

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